When looters ransacked previously peaceful businesses outside St. Louis on Sunday, three stores went unscathed.
Two weren’t relying on the police. One might have been relying on a higher power.
According to the Riverfront Times, which covers Ferguson, Mo., the owners of the St. Louis Ink Tattoo and County Guns decided to make their shared storefront a place rioters would rather avoid.
“We didn’t want them coming in here and then running around with a bunch of free guns,” County Guns owner Adam Weinstein told the paper.
The gangs of rioters who sacked a Dollar General store in the same shopping plaza weren’t put off by police – up to a dozen showed up with tactical forces before leaving without taking action, one woman said.
But a half-dozen guys with guns and ready to use them told a different story.
“It is what it is,” Gutierrez said.
More than two-dozen stores were pillaged during the riot, which grew out of a “peaceful” vigil meant to protest the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday, according to KSDK, Channel 5.
Thirty-two people were arrested, the station reported.
And the third store that got through the riot untouched?
See for yourself (via Weasel Zippers.)
— Amanda Taylor (@mandipie4u) August 12, 2014
Now check out KDSK’s interview with the public information officer for the St. Louis County police spokesman Brian Spellman.
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